ROAD MAP

The US has presented our Mideast Ëœroad map” to Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. My guess is all parties will soon get lost and have trouble re-folding it. Plus, being men, neither Sharon, Arafat, Abu Mazen, or any of the other parties involved will ask for directions.

FILED UNDER: Middle East
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

ROAD MAP

ROAD MAP: President Bush is making moves toward a broader Middle East Peace Plan, following the election of a new Palestinian Authority Prime Minister:

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is Bush’s key ally over Iraq, has been urging Washington to push Israel and the Palestinians to find a peaceful resolution. A strong U.S. initiative on Israel could help assuage European doubts about U.S. policy and help allies like Blair, who face strong domestic criticism for backing Bush against Iraq.

Powell said on Thursday that the Bush administration would continue its pursuit of a “road map” or formula for peace devised in partnership with the European Union, Russia and the United Nations. It aims to create a Palestinian state by the year 2005, carved out of land that Israel has held for more than 35 years.

The administration also has demanded democratic changes within the Palestinian movement, free elections and the removal of Arafat, the Palestinians’ longtime leader.

All of these moves would be an improvement.

FILED UNDER: Iraq War
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.